Monthly Archives: November 2013

“You’ll always be my Konstantine.”

All week long, I’ve been feeling almost nostalgic and somewhat somber. I guess I can always blame it on my womanly hormones. In any case, I’ve been repeatedly listening to Something Corporate‘s “Konstantine”. Seriously, this song’s practically ancient by now but it’s still one of my favorite songs, not to mention the most haunting.

Not that I’m reminiscing or anything, but this used to be my “break up song” years ago. 🙂

Happy Saturday!

P.S. Hopefully, this post means I’m back to my blogging ways.

Book Review: Out of Turn (Kathleen Turner #4) by Tiffany Snow

Out of Turn (Kathleen Turner, #4)Out of Turn by Tiffany Snow

Blurb:

Breaking up is hard to do, as Kathleen Turner discovers. After a falling-out with her ex, high-powered attorney Blane Kirk, she’s moving on the best she can. Unfortunately, someone from her past is set on revenge and nothing short of killing Kathleen will stop them.

Keeping his brother’s ex-girlfriend alive isn’t something new to assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon, but this time can he protect her from himself? She’s a woman he can’t convince himself to walk away from, no matter what it costs him.

Regret is a constant companion for Blane as he realizes the truth behind the lies he’s been told. Can love heal the past, or can some mistakes not be undone?

Murder reunites Blane, Kade, and Kathleen as the police put Blane in their crosshairs. Blane may lose everything unless he and Kade can find the real murderer before it’s too late. But if they can’t set aside their love for the same woman and work together, it will tear them apart.

In Out of Turn, Kathleen is caught between two warring brothers, and the consequences may be fatal.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m just SO OVERWHELMED right now. I don’t really know what to say or think, especially after that little preview of Point of No Return. Sigh. This is exactly why I detest reading about love triangles so much! Though I must admit that this is absolutely one of my favorite series ever. Pretty ironic, actually…

Honestly, I’m still at a loss for words. All I know for sure is that six months is a really long time. That’s how long I have to wait to find out who Kat will choose. 😦

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Book Review: Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy #1) by Shannon A. Thompson

Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy, #1)Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

Blurb: 

She was undoubtedly a shade, but I didn’t know her.

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

He had gotten so close to me—and I couldn’t move—I couldn’t get away.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was falling in love with her, and she was falling in love with me. It was fated, decided before any of us were born, and I hated it as much as I loved it. I could barely stand it.

Well, I’m not really sure what surprised me more – the fact that I loved this more than I honestly thought I would or that none of my book friends have read this or even added this to their TBR lists. Especially since I felt like this gave off a little bit of a Daemon Black and Katy Swartz vibe (you know, from the Lux series, which is totally one of my all-time favorite).

Minutes Before Sunset is the first installment of what I’m pretty sure is going to be an awesome trilogy. It’s about a “Prophecy” which talks about the Ultimate Battle between the Light and Dark, only this time, the Dark is actually the good side and the Light is the one that’s evil. Eric Welborn, the 17-year-old brooding Prince of Shades – the First Descendant – from the Dark community is destined to battle the Second Descendant, who comes from the Light camp, on his 18th birthday. Think Harry Potter and it’s basically the same scenario: “neither can live while the other survives”.

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Book Review: Finding Infinity (Infinity #3) by Layne Harper

Finding Infinity (Infinity, #3)Finding Infinity by Layne Harper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“It’s just you and me, baby. That’s it. I’m just a girl who loves a boy.”

I’ve probably said this a million times before but I will say it again: the best books, for me, are always the ones that can make me relate to what the characters are feeling. Sure, I also love reading those that make me escape reality and fantasize about living the good life with a hot billionaire BBF but books like Finding Infinity, which make me think and feel deeply are the most memorable.

Obviously, I don’t know how it feels to be with someone as famous as Colin-fucking-McKinney (yes, I’ve noticed that little change). I don’t know how it feels to be constantly hounded by the paparazzi and how to regularly deal with crazy fans and the media’s backlash. But I do know the feeling of being in a relationship and I fully understand that love isn’t always enough to make it work. What more when every aspect of your love life is magnified and splashed all over the tabloids like Charlie/Caroline and Colin’s?

“I love Caroline Jane Collins, more than anything else in this world. When she’s sad, I’m devastated.”

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Book Review: A Million Guilty Pleasures (Million Dollar Duet #2) by C.L. Parker

A Million Guilty Pleasures (Million Dollar Duet, #2)A Million Guilty Pleasures by C.L. Parker

Blurb: 

For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes a tempting new novel of secrets, lies, and redeeming passion.

Two million dollars secured Noah Crawford the most enticing woman he has ever known. Initiating Delaine Talbot into a sensuous world of pleasure took them both to the brink—again and again. But when Noah discovers why the beautiful innocent sold her body to the highest bidder, he’s faced with the hardest thing he ever had to do: Set her free.

Lanie can’t believe Noah would let her go. Doesn’t he know they share a bond deeper than sex—a connection too powerful to sever? Not even a treacherous enemy out to destroy Noah or the dark secret haunting the multibillionaire can keep them apart. But first Lanie has to show him that he belongs to her, even if it means risking everything for a love that can never be bought or sold.

A Million Guilty Pleasures is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The first book was interesting and fun but this one was a letdown. The writing was still great – sassy and sexy as ever – but it was shockingly SHORT! I just don’t get it. Did I miss the memo that this was going to be a novella or something?

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Book Review: Infinite Possibilities (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Infinite Possibilities (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, #2)Infinite Possibilities by Lisa Renee Jones

Blurb:

Secrets and lies. They are everywhere: haunting her, tormenting her. In the midst of it all, he’d been her escape, her passion. The only person she’d trusted in six years. And then he’d made her doubt that trust, cutting her deeply. But as she’d once told him, she was damaged, not broken. She is ready to fight and not just for survival. She is fighting for the truth and she won’t stop until she has it, not even for…him.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know those TV series where you get so hooked, you’re just DYING to get some answers, only to learn a mind-blowing twist during the season finale and when the new season FINALLY goes on air (after months of obsessing over THAT ending), even more questions are thrown your way. Like, what the hell, right?

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Book Review: Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

Red HillRed Hill by Jamie McGuire

Blurb:

When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was no World War Z or a Stephen King novel but it was still a great read about the zombie apocalypse. Obviously, Jamie McGuire is a romance writer so Red Hill didn’t have the kind of detailed storytelling that most thriller books have. I’m not going to nitpick but it’s just because I’m probably used to reading lengthy and very descriptive horror/thriller/sci-fi books. Having said that, I very much loved the plot and how everything seemed to be connected. Very entertaining! 🙂

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